Samsung has revealed its latest Windows Phone 7 device, the Samsung Omnia W, running WP7.5 Mango on a 1.4GHz single-core processor. The successor to the original Omnia 7, the Omnia W shrinks the display somewhat to a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED panel, but drops a tenth of a millimeter to come in at 10.9mm thick and falls to 115.3g.
Orange has confirmed that the Samsung Omnia 7 will be HD Voice enabled in the UK, allowing the Windows Phone 7 handset to make higher quality audio calls on their network. "High Definition Voice" had previously been limited to a handful of Nokia devices, along with the Samsung Omnia Pro; calls between compatible phones promise much reduced background noise, hiss and crackle.
With all the press releases and announcements, it's about time we got some hands on time with the handsets being shown off this morning (or afternoon, for those in Europe). The first handset on deck is Samsung's offering for the region, the Omnia 7. Featuring Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile Operating System, and touting the same high-end internals as all the other devices set to launch soon enough, the Omnia 7 has one distinct feature: that Super AMOLED display.
Orange UK has confirmed its pair of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, offering the HTC 7 Mozart as an exclusive, together with the Samsung Omnia 7. The two devices will drop on October 21 2010, with the HTC 7 Mozart being the cheaper model: free with a new, two-year agreement on a £35 contract.
Samsung's Omnia 7 has joined the LG Optimus 7 in getting an early Windows Phone 7 reveal this morning, with the company's Russian arm outing the 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA handset already. The 122.4 x 64.2 x 10.99 mm smartphone runs the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor with 8GB of onboard storage and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera.
Samsung's Omnia 7 - aka the GT-i8700 - has shown up in over 13 minutes of video demo, giving us yet another preview of what Microsoft would prefer we didn't see until next week. MobilityDigest uploaded the video of the Windows Phone 7 handset, running through the usual array of homescreen Hubs, the Microsoft Office integration and more.
By now, Samsung's early devotion to Microsoft's upcoming mobile Operating System, Windows Phone 7, is pretty apparent. This time around, we've got the Omnia 7 posing for a photo, showcasing the calendar view within Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of information on the device in question, and there are some people who believe that it could be the Samsung GT-i8700 that recently broke cover, posing for another round of photos.
Samsung's final new phones for today pick up the not-long-for-this-world Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, with the Samsung Omnia Pro 4 B7350 and Samsung Omnia Pro 5 B6520 each toting full QWERTY keyboards and, on the Pro 4, a touchscreen too. The Omnia Pro 4 has dualband (900/2100) 3G, a 2.62-inch 320 x 320 touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, while the Omnia Pro 5 has triband (900/1900/2100) 3G, a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 display and a 2-megapixel camera.
One of the aspects of the HTC HD2 we most enjoyed was its expansive, eye-catching HTC Sense UI, particularly the way the weather updates swim lazily across the homescreen. If you've always wanted some Sense, but got sucked in by Samsung's hype machine about the Omnia II, fear not: you can now get a hacked ROM for putting the HTC interface onto your AMOLED Samsung.
It comes as little surprise, given that we knew a release date from sneak-peaks into the carrier's own systems last week, but Verizon have officially announced that the Samsung Omnia II will drop come December 2nd. The Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone will be priced at $199.99 (after a wretched $100 mail-in rebate) presuming a new two-year agreement, which nets you a 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, EVDO Rev.A, WiFi b/g and a 5-megapixel camera.
There's also Samsung's "3D cube" UI, which we're still less than convinced by, together with Bluetooth and a microSD card slot; Samsung also gave the Omnia II its own 8GB of internal storage. The usual Verizon app suspects are on-board, which includes V CAST Music, Rhapsody support, V CAST Video-on-Demand, V CAST Song ID, visual voicemail, VZW Tones and VZ Navigator.
Perhaps more interestingly, given that screen, is the support for DivX and Xvid video files, meaning the Omnia II might make for a decent PMP replacement. So, anybody thinking of picking up this touchscreen Windows Phone as an early Christmas present?